Hilary Clinton as a Stormtrooper.

Michael Jackson, the Ewok.

Mike Tyson as Darth Maul.

Angelina Jolie as Slave Leia, without her bikini top.

Donald Trump as Darth Vader.

Aung San Suu Kyi as Princess Leia.

Mike Leavitt poses with his Star Wars mash-ups.

Barack Obama as Lando Calrissian.

Che Guevara as Boba Fett.

Martin Luther King Jr. as Luke Skywalker

Abraham Lincoln as Han Solo.

Nelson Mandela as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Mahatma Gandhi as Yoda.

My personal favorite: Kim Jong Il as Jabba the Hutt.

Some detail on Kim Jong Ill. His glasses sit on his shoulders!

Kim Jong Il sucks upon a pipe made of a nuclear reactor.

Steve Jobs as C-3P0.

Call him Steve Threepee-Jobs.

Leavitt works on programming a gold-plated Jobs.

Albert Einstein as R2D2. What?

Charles Darwin as Chewbacca.

He's even got a holster full of worms.


Celebrities Turned Into "Star Wars" Action Figures

Artist Mike Leavitt replaces Star Wars characters with real-life politicians, businessmen, and celebrities to create his own space opera.

Artist Mike Leavitt is literally a Star Wars kid. He was born in 1977, the same year A New Hope was released, and his parents got divorced in 1980, the year of The Empire Strikes Back. Like many kids who were raised in the late '70s and early '80s, the characters of Star Wars exist in a place in Leavitt's mind that is usually reserved for real-life figures.

Leavitt is not unique in this. To the Star Wars generation, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Darth Vader feel just as real, if not more so, than Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and Mahatma Gandhi. It is this mental distinction between beloved fictional characters who feel real and real-life people who feel fictional that Leavitt explores in his latest project, Empire Peaks, which mashes up popular Star Wars characters with celebrities and politicians.

According to Leavitt's artist's statement, in Empire Peaks, he has aimed to reduce modern political dynasties to a sci-fi soap opera. In Leavitt's weird parallel version of Star Wars, Martin Luther King holds Luke Skywalker's lightsaber aloft, while a Yoda-ish Mahatma Gandhi preaches passive resistance with the motto: "Do or do not. There is no try." C-3PO becomes Steve-Threepi-Jobs, while R2-D2 becomes a repulsive, biomechanical Einstein head.

Kim Jong Il, meanwhile, makes a magnificently oily, glutinous Jabba, keeping Angelina Jolie as a double-mastectomied Slave Leia on his chain. Meanwhile, beneath Darth Vader's helmet, Donald Trump wears an even more artificial and shiny hair helmet, and Sarah Palin plays the Dark Lord Of The Sith.

There's definitely something discomfiting about Leavitt's work, as he grotesquely blends reality and fiction into a subversive universe all his own. Even so, you have to admit that Barack Obama makes a killer Lando.

You can see more of Leavitt's work here.

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